Each social studies lesson begins with the Understanding Big Ideas Segment, in which students will learn core social studies vocabulary specific to the theme of the unit. To expand on the target vocabulary, teachers are provided with an explicit script on how to build social studies concepts with a variety of strategies such as, example and non-example instruction.
In the Applying What We Know Segment, students apply their knowledge of the social studies concepts and skills addressed in the Understanding Big Ideas Segment. Students are guided through a hands-on game, assignment, or project that encourages students to apply what they know and to demonstrate that knowledge to others.
To promote language and reading comprehension skills, students are guided through a social studies newsletter that is related to the skills taught in the unit.. After completing the writing task, students are then guided through a series of questions to deepen their comprehension of the newsletter in the Making Connections Segment.